We are still on track to annihilate life on Earth and perhaps the planet itself.
The situation now is close to irreversible and I estimate that we have only about 20 years before we perish - one way or another.
Politicians are busy waging wars, fabricating pretexts for them and approving huge coal mines + gas/oil exploitations. Consumption of fossil fuels grows out of control.
In the meantime, the planet does what it can to cool its interior. Volcanic ash clouds of increased frequency and magnitude reflect some sunlight back into space. Incidentally volcanic ash and gases are directly responsible for causing past "ice ages" - every time the planetary interior was too hot. Each and every ice age is identified by a layer of ash in rock sediments on all continents.
The most recent "mini-ice-age" 540AD (so-called "dark ages" when trees/crops on Earth stopped growing for ~10 years and there was famine/epidemics everywhere on Earth) can be clearly identified by layers of ash on both polar ice caps.
One of the latest remaining heat-sinks (places that can accumilate heat) left on Earth are polar caps and Greenland. They melt heated from underneath...
Significant amount of Antarctic ice is held by a small "plug" that temporarily prevents glaciers sliding to the ocean and causing global flood. Global flood has happened in the past, wiping out most people on Earth. Do you remember what was the ancient published reason for this flood?
When polar caps + Greenalnd ice melt we can see sea level rise up to 80 meters. What is the elevation of your house above sea level?
Good planets are not easy to find...
Tom 26 Aug 2014